Death and the Virgin Queen

Death and the Virgin Queen

Elizabeth I and the Dark Scandal That Rocked the Throne

Book - 2011
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In the tradition of Alison Weir's New York Times bestselling Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, comes the most sensational crime story of Tudor England. On the morning of September 8, 1560, at the isolated manor of Cunmor place, the body of a young woman was found at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. But this was no ordinary death. Amy Robsart was the wife of Elizabeth I's great favorite, Robert Dudley, the man who many believed she would marry, were he free. Immediately people suspected foul play and Elizabeth's own reputation was in danger of serious damage. Many felt she might even lose her throne. An inquest was begun, witnesses called, and ultimately a verdict of death by accident was reached. But the mystery refused to die and cast a long shadow over Elizabeth's reign.Using recently discovered forensic evidence from the original investigation, Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of Robsart's death. This is the story of a treacherous period in Elizabeth's life: a tale of love, death, and tragedy, exploring the dramatic early life of England's Virgin Queen.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312379001
Branch Call Number: 942.055 Skidmore
Characteristics: 430 p., [8] p of plates :,col. ill. ;,25 cm.


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Mar 11, 2013

I found this book very readable, enjoyable, and enlightening. It is very detailed, which makes it a little slower than the average to read. But it is well written and so easy to follow. I enjoyed the extensive source quottes, many of which are not found elsewhere. I also found the book was able to make these people seem more real to me. Even Queen Elizabeth took on some new dimensions for me. Of course, the wife of Robert Dudley is usually just a footnote, so the extensive effort this author made to find out more about her and make her into a real person for the reader is wonderful.


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